Clock shop crushed and tilted by the blast
Early October 1945 620 m from the hypocenter Hirataya-cho
Photo by Shigeo Hayashi
The first floor of this building was smashed by the blast.
The second floor remained standing, its arched windows and clock tower leaning precariously.
The blast lifted and hurled people, knocked them unconscious, injured them, trapped them under collapsed buildings, or crushed them to death. Most wooden houses within two kilometers of the hypocenter were destroyed. Although ferroconcrete structures remained standing, the blast shattered windows, blowing countless shards of glass into bodies.